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How Avocados Ripen

 The storage life of Avocados on the tree will vary from 2 months for Bacon Avocados,  to 8 months for Hass Avocados. Avocados are mature before picking, but not ready to eat. They must be softened off the tree. 

The softening process takes from a few days to a week, depending upon the degree of maturity, storage temperature and variety.

When the fruit on the tree begins to mature, it usually loses some of its "bloom" and changes color. Small, rusty brown specks may develop on some varieties and other fruit may become somewhat duller in appearance. Internally, the seed coat turns from ivory to dark brown upon maturity.

To determine fruit maturity, pick one of the larger fruits and keep it at room temperature until it softens. It is mature if it softens to good consistency, is not tough and leathery or bitter, does not shrink or shrivel, and is good to eat. 

The remaining fruit can then be picked from the tree as needed, allowing for softening time. Then enjoy 😋! 


Source:

When to Pick Avocados. (2019). Retrieved from http://ceventura.ucanr.edu/Com_Ag/Subtropical/Avocado_Handbook/Harvesting/When_to_pick_avocados_/